Hospitals are ready for New Jersey’s recovery

Hospitals are ready for New Jersey’s recovery

We all know and appreciate the heroic work of New Jersey’s healthcare professionals on the frontlines during this once-a-century pandemic. But you may not know that our hospital teams safely and effectively have treated more than 350,000 non-COVID patients during the crisis. New Jersey’s hospitals and other healthcare facilities are here to care – in all circumstances. As we see the sustained reduction in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations, we’re committed to being there for our communities in the next critical phase – New Jersey’s recovery. It is essential that New Jerseyans feel confident seeking the care they need. We know it’s been a stressful time for many people who have had to delay healthcare services, including those with chronic conditions, or awaiting a much-needed scheduled surgery, or who need a test to diagnose an illness. The COVID-19 crisis will be compounded if we have ongoing harm to people’s health and well-being by further delays in necessary care. A responsible return to the full complement of healthcare services in our hospitals, including elective procedures, is essential for the health of the people of our state. This resumption of services is based on data. We have seen 90% of hospitalized COVID patients discharged following successful treatment. In April, COVID patients represented just 20% of our statewide inpatient volume. And across our state, hospitals have seen a decline of nearly 50% of COVID hospitalizations since the high point in admissions in mid-April. As a result, hospitals have returned to pre-COVID capacity levels and ...
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